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Chips and dip

Chips and dip

A glass of wine, a crisp cider, or a cool beer go down pretty well on a hot day. But what would make a few drinks even better? Chips and dip of course – the Kiwi classic!

Now when we say chips, we mean those cold potato snacks you get in a foil bag. That’s what we call them in New Zealand. Don’t confuse them with chips, though – the hot potato snacks that are fried in oil and often served with tomato sauce. Yeah, we’re pretty simple, eh! It’s like the North and South Island – descriptive names are not our forte.

Dip – this is the important part. Mix a can of reduced cream with a packet of dried onion soup. And that’s it – you’re done! You can use another soup mix – mushroom or seafood are just as good. Dip aficionados say the only good dip is a cold dip. So once you’ve mixed it, put it in the fridge for a while before serving. Tip: Onto-it dip makers always keep their can of reduced cream in the fridge so it’s ready anytime.  


Chips and dip
How do you eat chips and dip? Take a chip, dip your chip in the dip, pop it into your mouth, and crunch! Alternate this procedure between sips of your cold beverage, and you’ll be happy. If you want to make it healthier, use carrot sticks, broccoli or celery instead of chips.

So you’ve just found the perfect companion to a few coldies on a hot day. Plus it’s a handy snack to take to a party or if you’re popping round to a friend’s place. Enjoy!

There’s some tricky vocabulary in this blog post:  

  • crisp (cider)
  • go down well
  • foil
  • forte
  • aficionado
  • onto-it (adjective)
  • pop
  • coldies
  • pop round
Look at the Vocabulary lesson extender to see how you can work out the meaning of these words and phrases.